USB Device cleanup
I found this program for fixing some USB storage related problems. I got this when I cannot use my USB storage devices on the PC - nothing happens when I plug them in aside from the audible 'error' sound.
I checked the registry and searched for the USBstor and found a list of devices. There were a lot of entries in the SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet pertaining to all the USB drives I have plugged into this PC which could be conflictng. Apparently Windows keeps track of the devices you plug in. And some registry cleaners leave this one out (I used CCleaner).
The application removes all these entries so you can start fresh with your current devices. No drivers were harmed in the running of this program.
Thanks to this guy:
DriveCleanup V0.7 - removes non present drives from the device tree
Freeware by Uwe Sieber (c) 2007-2009
As always, backup your registry first and read the text file included in the zip.
Try this out before blaming some policies implemented for breaking something.